Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Information Pamphlets Scaring 1/3 of Patients Away From Meds

In Denmark, pamphlets are provided by law in all medication containers. According to a Danish study published recently, they are read thoroughly by patients, particularly with regards to the information on side effects. Fear of adverse effects subsequently causes 32% of patients to stop taking their medication. The study also found that only 21% of patients trust the information from their doctors or pharmacists and do not feel the need to read further.